Posts Tagged ‘Chessie Safety Express’

Steam Saturday: A Chessie Steam Memory

July 17, 2021

Here’s a memory for some of you. It is Sept. 21, 1980, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Chessie 4-8-4 No. 614 is westbound during a one-way ferry move from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh. The excursion was part of the first season of the Chessie Safety Express program. This was the fifth trip of 20 that the 614 and its train made this year. Another season followed in 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Chessie 614 in Pennsylvania

July 10, 2021

John Woodworth and I were in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania on June 27, 1981 when I photographed Chessie System 614 on a trestle. This excursion was part of the second season of the Chessie Safety Express program.

This train had originated in Akron and traveled to Pittsburgh before returning to Akron. The next day the 614 and its train made a one-way ferry move from Akron to Pittsburgh.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: No. 614 in Lowellville

December 12, 2020

Chessie System 4-8-4 No. 614 is eastbound in Lowellville on June 27, 1981, during the second season of the Chessie Safety Express series of excursions. This particular excursion originated in Akron and made a roundtrip to Pittsburgh. It ran a one-way Akron to Pittsburgh ferry move the next day. The excursions were coordinated with The Whistle Stop in Cuyahoga Falls.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Sunday: Chessie 614 in Akron

August 9, 2020

Chessie System 614 is in Akron on June 23, 1981. The 4-8-4 locomotive pulled two Chessie Safety Express excursions that the photographer recalls as having operated to Pittsburgh.

The Greenbrier-type locomotive was built in Lima, Ohio, in June 1948 for the Chesapeake & Ohio.

It is shown on the connecting track from the Valley Line to the Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

C&O 614 at Meyersdale

May 17, 2020

Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 leads a Chessie Safety Express special at Myersdale, Pennsylvania, on July 11, 1981 (top photograph). The excursion operated in cooperation with Operation Lifesaver to promote grade crossing safety.

The 614 and the Chessie Safety Express operated in 1980 and 1981 with the last excursion running in November 1981.

This particular trip operated between Pittsburgh and Meyersdale and was coordinated with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

In the bottom image, the Safety Express is westbound in the Pittsburgh area on July 27, 1981.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Another View of Chessie 614

December 16, 2016


Roger’s Chessie System 614 image reminded me of a favorite image I took of her. It is July 11, 1981, in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, and Chessie 614 is heading west toward the former Western Maryland bridge.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


Railroading as it Once Was: When Chessie Ran Steam Trains to Promote Railroad Safety

December 15, 2016


Chesapeake & Ohio No. 614 departs Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in September 1980 with a Chessie Safety Express. Even with a bright yellow train this was still a show. Note the original station behind the 11th car.

Photograph by Roger Durfee